Barnstaple's Fringe Theatre Festival
June 25th-28th 2015

Richard III (a one-woman show)

Brite Theater

Brite Theatreís interpretation of Richard III is, from start to finish, an immersive and captivating experience. From the moment you walk in the room you are part of the story. Various members of the audience are given nametags identifying them as characters from Richard III. If you do not have a role to play the intimate set makes sure you are not excluded, in fact it is this proximity that heightens the overall excitement of the performance as we wait to find out which character is next on Richardís hit list.

If you are not familiar with the story there is no need to worry, youíre in the safe hands of Emily Carding whose extraordinary performance is outstanding and gripping. Her presentation of the Shakespearean language makes it coherent for those who may find it more difficult to grasp as well as her powerful acting that shows the audience the complexity of Richardís character. From the passionate speeches to the stunning silence we see the ins and outs of his psyche. Brite Theatreís incorporation of modern elements help to give context to the performance. For example, the use of a mobile phone in the performance had message alerts serving as an alternative to messengers bringing the news. In amongst the backstabbing, betrayal and murder in Richard III the comedic elements have been drawn out through the duality of Richardís character and the reaction to the audience and their involvement. Overall this performance is everything you want it to be and more, but be warned you may not come out of this performance alive!
Clarice Baker, The Daily Fringe